September Seasonal Ingredient- Sweet & Spicy VEGAN Cauliflower Wings

Already we’re back to the seasonal ingredient recipes which mark the ending of another month, this time I'm just so excited to move into October so I'm looking forward to this one! This month I've chosen cauliflower and for the savoury recipe, we’re making famous cauliflower wings with my own sweet and spicy recipe, oh! And of course, I couldn’t forget to mention that this recipe is fully vegan!

When I started making these I expected it to take over an hour but they didn't take any more than 30 mins and the process was very straightforward. I’ve made a video of the process and I’ll leave it down below with a full recipe. 

Serves 1 

95g Plain Flour 
1 tsp Paprika 
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper 
180ml Soy Milk (or your choice of dairy-free milk)
1/4 of a head of Cauliflower 
3 tbsp Hot Sauce 
2 tbsp Oil 
1 tbsp Golden Syrup 

  1. Preheat the oven to 230C/ 210 Fan/ Gas Mark 5 and grease or line a large baking tray with a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a small bowl add flour, paprika, salt, pepper and milk, mix this with a spoon until fully combined, the batter should be smooth with no lumps but thick like pancake batter.
  3. Take your cauliflower and break florets off to form bite-sized chunks that resemble the size of chicken wings. 
  4. One at a time, add your cauliflower to the batter, turn it on both sides to fully coat then transfer them to the baking tray, evenly spaced apart. 
  5. Bake them for 20 mins, turning over halfway through. 
  6. In a small bowl add the hot sauce, oil and golden syrup, whisk until fully combined into an orange-looking syrup. 
  7. Using a pastry brush, brush the hot sauce mixture over the top and bottom of each wing until shiny. 
  8. Transfer them back into the oven for another 8-10 mins just to allow the glaze to set, once out you could brush them over lightly once more if you wanted to, but now you’re ready to eat! 

These were delicious and I wasn’t expecting it!! I know they don’t look like the most convincing vegan chicken wings but it was my first time making these and I'm so happy with how the flavours came out, they certainly aren’t the hottest but to me, they have a perfect balance of sweet and spicy where you still have the flavour from the hot sauce but then the sweet golden syrup just to take the edge off. I’m definitely adding these to my Halloween/ Christmas Eve buffet list alongside some other recipes I've done throughout the year. I just can’t get over how simple these were to make, I actually forgot to turn them around halfway through which I think is why mine look a bit fluffy and pancake-like as the batter was able to sit and cook in one place for 20 mins rather than being turned around but I'm still so happy with them. 
It’s so important to me that these are vegan too, I think it yet again proves to the non-believers how exciting vegan food can be, and how simple it can be to create something this exciting at home! 
I hope you find some time to add this little side dish to your evening meals because I promise once you try them, you’ll want them with everything. 

H x